From Kansasfest 2015. This talk covers Fahrfall, a long term project of mine. Fahrfall has been the subject of several of my Retrochallenge projects over the past few years, and it has developed a strong following among users of the Tandy Color Computer. Fahrfall recently became the first Tandy CoCo software released on ROM cartridge in 20+ years. My Retrochallenge 2015/01 project involved porting Fahrfall to the Apple IIe/IIc/IIgs line of machines. This talk will recap that effort and discuss... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Kansasfest 2015 Sessions Fahrfall
Jason Scott describes five times he has had to crash Apple IIs into popular culture in the past year, the experience of it, and why we can expect many more crashes in the future. A presentation at KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Jason Scott, Internet Archive, Archive.org
2015 KFest - Apple II Monitor LCD Conversion Javier Rivera explains his techniques and tricks to convert Apple monitors to LCD. He will show his LCD conversion and also a small "show and tell" of past conversions and techniques. A presentation at KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II peripherals, LCD monitors, monitor conversion
Rob Walch of Today in iOS podcast joins us for a look at tips, tricks, and the latest in Apple’s iOS and related hardware. A presentation at Kansasfest - July 15, 2015 Topic: iOS, ipad, iphone, Today in iOS, Rob Walch
Keynote for Kansasfest 2015 was presented by "Burger" Becky Heineman. Heineman learned programming at age 16 and gained fame in 1980 as the first National Space Invaders Champion with a score of 165,200. Her career soon blossomed with credits in over 250 games including classics such as Tass Times in Tonetown, Dragon Wars, Crystal Quest, The Bard’s Tale III: The Thief of Fate, Battle Chess, and Wolfenstein 3D. She developed numerous titles for the Apple IIgs, other contemporary... Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Rebecca Heineman, keynote
M0100 – Great Apple Mouse, or Greatest Apple Mouse Ever? Presented by Charles Mangin. A deep dive into the Apple M0100 Mouse, the Apple II mouse interface, and updating them for the modern era. A presentation at KansasFest, July 16, 2015. Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II peripherals, Apple II mouse, M0100 mouse, Charles Mangin,...
This session will briefly cover the Pascal operating system and compare the various Pascal compilers and interpreters for the Apple II. It give an overview of the Pascal language itself, provide a useful guide to learning Pascal and then compare and contrast the available Pascal programming environments for the Apple II series of computers. This session is perfect for those of you who have mastered BASIC and want to delve into structured programming languages. No knowledge of programming will... Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Pascal operating system, Pascal programming language
E7 E7 E7 EE: the story of the greatest copy protection ever invented Presented by Mark Pilgrim. Learn the secret behind the bitstream that revolutionized Apple II copy protection: a runtime routine that could determine if it was running on an original disk. A presentation at KansasFest, July 16 2015. Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II copy protection, E7 bitstream, copy protection techniques
Presented by Quinn Dunki. Mouse programming on the Apple II is a fascinating mix of old and new software paradigms. It's old fashioned ROM-entry-point style programming, but with slight nods towards modern API design and relocatable driver code. I spent some time working out all the gotchas in this, and will share that hard-earned knowledge with you. You'll leave the session with a basic mouse driver that you can tweak and use in your own programs. KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II peripherals, Apple II mouse, computer mouse, Quinn Dunki
Most computer equipment contain EPROMs on their circuits: CPUs, printers, interface cards, or peripherals. The EPROM chips contain firmware code to control operation of the device. An EPROM looks like a large IC chip: It is wide, with 24 to 40 pins. There is a small round window in the center of the upper side of the chip, with a microlattice of fine metal wires visible through the clear quartz-glass window. The EPROM chips can be erased and reconfigured by hours of exposure to ultraviolet... Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, EPROM, EPROMs, EEPSOMS
2015 KFest - Ultimate Micro Announcements direct from UltimateApple2 and ReActiveMicro about the new brand: UltimateMicro. Related projects, demos, and Q&A July 15, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, ReActiveMicro, Ultimate Micro, Apple II peripherals
KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, exhibition halls, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. July 15 2015 Topic: KansasFest, Apple II, Apple 2, Apple II convention
Kansasfest 2015: Sequencer-Controlled Music Synthesis for the Apple II Describes a wavetable music synthesis program for 8-bit Apple IIs that is controlled by an external sequencer. Both the method of real-time synthesis and the method of external control is explained. Includes a demonstration of the system by Charles Mangin. Topic: Kansasfest 2015 - Beyond the Beep
Get the inside story of AppleWorks from the only programmer who worked on three major releases (3, 4, 5). Best-known for creating the first macro add-on for AppleWorks and developing it into a full-blown programming language, Randy Brandt also contributed more than a dozen applications to the TimeOut series and was the AppleWorks project manager and primary data base developer from version 3.0 on. He worked for Beagle Bros, Claris, Quality Computers and his own JEM Software as the only... Topics: KansasFest, KFest, Apple II, 2012, Randy Brandt, AppleWorks, AWP, Beagle Bros, Quality Computers,...
Each year, the KansasFest committee bestows the the Apple II Forever award upon members of the Apple II community for their contributions to the platform. At KansasFest 2012, telecommunications expert Geoff Weiss received this message from Ewen Wannop, creator of Spectrum, in recognition of his status in the community. (Unbeknownst to Ewen, who was not on-site at the event, he too received an award.) Topics: Geoff Weiss, Ewen Wannop, Apple II, Apple II Forever, award, plaque, ceremony, tribute,...
Each year, the KansasFest committee bestows the the Apple II Forever award upon members of the Apple II community for their contributions to the platform. At KansasFest 2012, Beagle Bros alumnus and AppleWorks developer Randy Brandt, attending KansasFest for the first time in nearly two decades, was honored with an Apple II Forever award. The first-ever recipient of the award, former Beagle Bros president Mark Simonsen, delivered this remote message to the honoree. Topics: Apple II, KansasFest, KFest, Mark Simonsen, Randy Brandt, AppleWorks, ProntoDOS, Beagle Bros
The Apple IIgs has a split personality. Most of the machine runs at a ~1MHz clock rate, keeping compatibility with earlier Apple IIs. Some components, however, can be decoupled and run at a faster rate. The FPI, or Fast Processor Interface, is the chip responsible for coordinating the interactions between these personalities. In this KansasFest 2011 session, Daniel "Krue" Kruszyna includes a high level overview of the FPI's responsibilities, along with a detailed look at some... Topics: KFest, KansasFest, 2011, FPI, Daniel Kruszyna, Fast Processor Interface, CPU, IIGS, timing,...
Steve Weyhrich, curator of the Apple II History Web site, unveiled at KansasFest 2010 the redesign of his site to use WordPress. Presented remotely, this presentation was captured via a combination of screencast and external microphone. Find the history site at http://apple2history.org Topics: KansasFest, KFest, Steve Weyhrich, Apple II, history, WordPress, redesign, Apple2History, museum,...
Bite the Bag is a party game that is also a KansasFest tradition. For the second year in a row, Geoff Weiss hosted this event at Rockhurst University for KFest 2011 attendees. Many dared and many fell in this battle of balance. Topics: party, bag, Bite the Bag, grocery, competition, contest, Apple II, KansasFest, KFest, 2011
Over the years, millions of 5.25" floppy drives have been discarded because of an easily repaired defect: Loss of track-centering alignment. This problem is easily repaired with simple tools such as a screwdriver, a computer/monitor, and a software disk. Track-centering misalignment is suggested when a floppy drive can read its own written disks, but gives disk-errors when attempting to read disks written on other drivers. Likewise, the disks written on the misaligned drive give error... Topics: Kansasfest, Apple II, floppy drives, Stephen Buggie
A spoof of the line delivered by Horatio Caine just before the theme music on most episodes of CSI: Miami. This project features photos and video of KansasFest attendees past and present, and several 2012 attendees who were stabbed with floppy disks, strafed, bombed, and crushed by boulders. Created by Steve Weyhrich of apple2history.org at KansasFest 2012, using iMovie 11 v9.0.6 and Bad Robot Interactive's "Action Movie FX" iPhone app. Topics: Steve Weyhrich, 2012, CSI, Stavros Karatsoridis, Ken Gagne, Geoff Weiss, Brian Wiser, Carrington...
The Apple IIgs Toolbox is big. Really big. It does a lot of stuff. You may know about a lot of it, but there's stuff in there that's not obvious. At KansasFest 2011, Eric Shepherd takes a look together at some of the interesting bits you may not have noticed. Topics: IIGS, KansasFest, KFest, 2011, Eric Shepherd, Sheppy, toolbox, programming
The Free Tools Association (FTA) released ActiveGS, a free IIgs emulator for IOS devices now available in the iTunes App Store. The year when the Apple IIgs has gone mobile is 2011, and KansasFest 2011 is a chance to see it in action, courtesy Geoff Weiss and Tony Diaz. Topics: Geoff Weiss, Tony Diaz, KFest, KansasFest, 2011, Apple IIGS, ActiveGS, emulator, emulation, iOS,...
This montage of highlights from KansasFest 1995 is a tour de force of one of the earliest conventions to celebrate the Apple II personal computer. Features include the keynote address by Roger Wagner; the party game Bite the Bag; the roast of Steve Disbrow; sessions by Tony Diaz and Mike Westerfield; and a cavalcade of cameos by Margaret Anderson, Joe Wankerl, Jack Kells, Greg Nelson, Nate Trost, Scott Johnson, Ephraim Wall, Susan McGregor, Bruce Milyko, John Stankowski, Lunatic E'Sex, Tim... Topics: Apple II, A2, KansasFest, KFest, 1995, Avila, Kansas City, Apple 2, Roger Wagner, EGO Systems,...
The Golden Age of the Apple II The Apple II was in production from 1977 to 1993. From early interest to broad adoption to being over shadowed by the Mac, followed by cancellation, diehard support, and retrocomputing revitalization, the machine has survived many eras and purposes. What was the golden age of the Apple II? What constituted its heyday, and how long did it last — assuming it's already over, or has even happened? Jason Scott will moderate this panel consisting of Bob Bishop (Apple... Topics: Apple II, KansasFest, computer history, Jason Scott
Kansas Fest 2012 — Martin Haye — Code Dangerously With Naked-Dev A presentation given at KansasFest 2012 Introducing Naked-Dev: a complete Apple II programming environment which brings instant gratification to both Applesoft and machine language coders. With Naked-Dev, you'll be able to write machine language code in real-time — no assembly required — using either a new, easy-to-learn, English-readable language called SHORT, or by writing standard 6502 assembly code in a dramatically... Topics: KansasFest, Apple 2, Apple II, programming, Short, Naked-Dev
A presentation at KansasFest 2012. Get the inside story of AppleWorks from the only programmer who worked on three major releases (3, 4, 5). Best-known for creating the first macro add-on for AppleWorks and developing it into a full-blown programming language, Randy Brandt also contributed more than a dozen applications to the TimeOut series and was the AppleWorks project manager and primary data base developer from version 3.0 on. He worked for Beagle Bros, Claris, Quality Computers and his... Topics: Apple II, AppleWorks, KansasFest, Kfest, Randy Brandt
KansasFest 2012 — Wayne Arthurton — The Apple II’s Gaming Legacy A presentation given at KansasFest 2012 A tour of franchises started on the Apple II that are still going strong or coming back. A surprising number of modern games can directly trace their heritage to games originating on our favorite machine. Website: http://waynearthurton.com Topics: KansasFest, Apple 2, Apple II, games, computer game history
Archiving for the Future: A Brainstorm Jul 19, 2012 @ 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm A complimentary session to Jason Scott’s “ ARCHIVE.ORG and the Terrific Machine .” We will brainstorm additional ways to simplify sharing digital treasures, such as using a central repository and custom search engine. If we don’t preserve our Apple II history, no one else will. A talk by Brian Wiser — twitter.com/BrianWiser Topics: Archive.org, Internet Archive, Apple II, KansasFest Brian Wiser, computer history
What is the demoscene all about? We’ll look at the Apple II’s place in this unique subculture and have a look at several well-known demos. A presentation at KansasFest 2012 by Andy Molloy Website: http://landsnail.com Topics: Kansasfest, Kfest, Apple II, demoscene
A presentation by Carrington Vanston by KansasFest 2012. Inform 7, the newest version of the longstanding text adventure creation software, is a very approachable platform for people who might want to create their own Infocom-style games. Inform is so approachable, in fact, that we are going to make an entire (if tiny) text adventure game from scratch in 30 minutes. We’ll do it "improv style," taking suggestions from the audience, building out the rooms and objects based on their... Topics: Inform 7, interactive fiction, text adventure, programming, game programming, Apple 2, Apple II,...
The Development of the Third Tier of Personal Computing by David Greelish A presentation at KansasFest 2012 The presentation starts with a short, but excellent overview on the general history of electronic computing. It establishes the four generations of electronic computers, with the fourth being our current generation of microprocessor based, "personal" computers. I discuss how the desktop computer established and was / is the first "tier" in personal computing. The... Topics: Kansasfest, Kfest, personal computers, computer history
Why I Left My First Love – The Sordid Tale of a Fickle Apple II User by Earl Evans A presentation at KansasFest 2012 The first microcomputer I ever encountered was the Apple II, and it was love at first sight. However, throughout the following years, my computing experience brought me in and out of the Apple II world. This presentation explores my personal history with the Apple II – and why I flirted with other 8-bit computers, eventually settling on the competition for my own home... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, Commodore 64, computer history, Apple 2
Audio from a session at KansasFest 2012. Using the theme of Classic Desk Accessories on the Apple IIgs, there will be a look at what it takes to program them using Orca/C (bring a computer with Orca/C and write a CDA in 10 minutes!). 8-bit programmers are encouraged to attend to leverage the CDA as a means to make software IIgs savvy. Examples of accessing the IIgs hardware from Orca/C will be given, including how to use the Apple II game port. Several brand new Classic Desk Accessories will be... Topics: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Kfest, GSOS, GS/OS, Classic Desk Accessory, CDA, Apple IIgs, Orca/C
NiftyList is one of the most amazing utilities for the Apple IIgs to provide details of what is running in the system. It can be used debug code and provide information what applications are doing at the current moment. A talk presented at KansasFest July 21, 2012 Website: http://www.gwlink.net/geoff/ Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, NiftyList
Dive into the heart of the Apple IIgs to see how the tools work. Details will include how to write a tool set and how to patch tools. A talk presented at KansasFest July 18, 2012 Website: http://www.gwlink.net/geoff/ Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, NiftyList, Apple II, Apple IIGS, toolsets
HackFest is an Apple II programming competition held over the course of KansasFest every year and open to all attendees. This video shows the entries and results. For more info: http://www.kansasfest.org/hackfest/ Jeremy Rand CurtaSim 1st Jeff Blakeney Colourfill game 2nd Ivan Drucker Magic GOSUB 3rd Scott Miller A formula fo drawing the word KFest 4th Martin Haye Apple /// crack screen Peter Neubauer Lissajous curve plotte Mike Maginnis Apple III piano Topics: KansasFest, kfest, hackfest, Apple 2, Apple II, programming contest
For this talk, Jason Scott is covering two "terrific machines": The Apple II itself, and the mechanism of Archive.org and how this non-profit library is working so hard to collect so much history, including vintage computer history. Having been well-seasoned in a year and a half of working at the Archive, Jason will lay out how things work there, how to make the place work for you and efforts to save history, and some success stories of same. The talk was given remotely for KansasFest... Topics: archive.org, Internet Archive, Jason Scott, Apple II, Kansasfest, kfest
Q&A with John Romero at KansasFest 2012, following his keynote . John Romero discusses his experience starting out on the Apple II, what he’s learned over the years about famous Apple II coders, and his recollections of coding games on the Apple II in the 80s. Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, Apple 2, John Romero, Q&A
KansasFest's 2012 sessions kick off with a keynote speech by John Romero, co-founder of id Software and creator of Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, and nearly a hundred other popular computer and video games. Romero, whose Apple II credits include Dangerous Dave and Dark Castle, has been a pillar of the electronic entertainment industry for nearly as long as the Apple II has existed. Popular Apple II magazine inCider published Romero's first program in 1984, with many more of his titles to... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, John Romero, Apple II, Apple 2, Wolfenstein 3D, id Software, Dark Castle,...
Audio from a talk given by Ken Gagne, publisher of Juiced.GS magazine, at KansasFest 2012. Juiced.GS is the only and longest-running Apple II publication in print. We haven't gotten this far simply by staying the course. You might not notice that every year, we are trying something new, whether it's innovating our flagship product or developing entirely new products. What will it be this year? Here's a hint: at KansasFest 2012, we won't have just one product to announce…. or two… or... Topics: Kansasfest, Kfest, Apple II, Juiced.GS, computer magazine, Ken Gagne